The NY times recently released this beautiful video featuring Alan Gilbert, conductor of the New York Philharmonic, discussing the role of a conductor.
“There is no way to really put your finger on what makes conducting great, even what makes conducting work. Essentially what conducting is about is getting the players to play their best and to be able to use their energy and to access their point of view about the music. There is a connection between the gesture, the physical presence, the aura that a conductor can project, and what the musicians produce.”
These words capture what being a Program Manager feels like. Somewhere between driving the project schedule, architecting components, triaging bugs – this the heart, the nucleus of the role: being a voice and presence to your team, helping them connect their abilities and energies to produce something magical as a group.